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Who’s Moving: The Cherie Blair Foundation, Youth Access and Royal Blind Group

15 May 2017 News

Our weekly summary of the latest movers in the charity sector. 

Chief executive

Helen McEachern has been appointed as chief executive of The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.

McEachern will take up her new role on 26 July and replaces current interim chief executive Clare Twelvetrees, who will return to her former role as the foundation’s director of strategy, knowledge and learning.

She joins the Cherie Blair Foundation from ActionAid UK, where she was most recently director of fundraising. McEachern has also previously held senior leadership positions at Greenpeace.

National legal advice and counselling charity Youth Access has appointed James Kenrick as its new chief executive.

Kenrick will take up his new role in September and replaces current chief executive Barbara Rayment who is retiring. He is currently head of policy and development at the organisation.

He also founded JustRights – a campaign for fair access to advice, advocacy and legal representation for children and young people – and is a trustee of the Advice Services Alliance.

Scotland’s largest visual impairment charity has announced the appointment of Mark O’Donnell as its new chief executive.

O’Donnell will take up his new role as chief executive of Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded, collectively known as Royal Blind Group, at the end of July.

He was the former deputy director in health and social care at the Scottish Government and has held senior positions at the Scottish Ambulance Service and MS Society.

Finance and strategy

Diabetes UK has appointed Adrian Blair to the role of director of people and organisational development. He will take up his new role at the end of the month.

Blair’s role will be to lead four teams: human resources, facilities, internal communications and learning and development, under one directorate.

He joins Diabetes UK from World Vision, where he was previously director of organisational effectiveness for six years. Blair also held leadership roles at a number of commercial organisations, prior to working in the voluntary sector.  

Non executive

Kate Adie has been appointed as the newest ambassador for armed forces charity SSAFA.

Adie, a war-correspondent, author and presenter, joins the likes of Dame Vera Lynn; historian Dan Snow and TV presenter Ant Middleton on the charity’s roster of Celebrity Ambassadors.

She is currently also an ambassador for education charity Skill Force and not-for-profit Farm Africa.  

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